JMU pulls away for 68-61 CAA victory over Blue Hens

Darian Bryant

HARRISONBURG — Delaware had a chance to really solidify its spot in the top half of the CAA standings on Saturday night.
But James Madison had plans of its own.

The Dukes got hot down the stretch before putting away a 68-61 victory over the Blue Hens in CAA men’s basketball.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Delaware (8-7 CAA, 16-12 overall), which is fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Hens had also won five straight in a row over the Dukes (5-9 CAA, 12-15 overall), who avenged a seven-point loss to Delaware earlier in the season.

The Hens were coming off a double-overtime win at Towson on Thursday night. They were also playing their second game in a row without starting guard Kevin Anderson.

“I thought we ran out of gas,” UD coach Martin Ingelsby said on his post-game radio interview on WDSD-FM. “We were tired. We didn’t have much left in the tank after what we did on Thursday night. You’ve got some guys playing heavy, heavy minutes.

“It was a tough night. But, in league play, to be able to get a split on the road … this break comes at a great time for us.”
The Hens don’t play again until Saturday when they go to Drexel.

After trailing by 14 points early in the contest, Delaware cut JMU’s lead to 32-31 at halftime. The Hens then led by four early in the second half.

But the Dukes went up 51-50 on a jumper by Stuckey Mosley (25 points) with 6:59 remaining and never trailed again. JMU stretched that advantage to as much as 61-52 with 4:15 on the clock.

Delaware never got closer than three points the rest of the way.

Darian Bryant netted a team-high 15 points for the Hens while Ryan Johnson added 13 and Ryan Allen had 11. Eric Carter finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Delaware was only 5-of-14 from three-point range and 16-of-24 from the foul line.

“We need to get back to campus, take a couple days off and recharge those batteries for the homestetch,” said Ingelsby.

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